Quotation by Oscar Wilde

I can resist everything except temptation.
Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Darlington, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 1 (1893).

This was a favorite theme of Wilde's. In An Ideal Husband, act 2 (performed 1895, published 1899), Sir Robert Chiltern says to Lord Goring, "Do you really think, Arthur, that it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength and courage, to yield to." Again, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 2 (1891), Wilde wrote: "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."
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